The paramount chief of Bakgatla Ba Ga Kgafela, Kgosi Kgafela II has given his young brother, Mmusi Kgafela the green light to represent the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the 2019 general election. A delegation of 10 people made up of politicians and some tribesmen has been working hard to get the royal to accede to the assignment of contesting under the ruling party.
Bakgatla and the Government have had an acrimonious relationship that led to Kgosi Kgafela II banishing himself to South Africa where he is currently fighting to dispose of Kgosi Nyalala Pilane. The ten person delegation is said to have already consulted the royal house including Mma Seingwaeng, the royal uncles and some prominent Bakgatla of their intention to lure Mmusi Kgafela to the political arena.
Indications are that Mmusi currently is not affiliated to any political party and the delegation is working around the clock to arrange a BDP membership card for him. “Kgabo is a known sympathiser with the ruling party just that he has never had the urge to have a membership card,” said one of the people pushing this agenda. Just this week, Mmusi was invited to a BDP function in Rasesa to handover a football kit as part of the ongoing campaign in preparation for a bye-election in the area.
Kgafela II is understood to have told the delegation that he has no objection to what they intend to do in Botswana as long as it will benefit the morafe and the country. Kgafela was consulted after several stakeholders in Mochudi who also included Kgosi Bana Sekai. Kgosi Sekai is said to have indicated that he will support Mmusi Kgafela’s candidacy and he will work hard to ensure that he has a successful bid. “The consultation process has also helped us to broker peace between Sekai and the Kgafela brothers,” said a close source.
The delegation is expected to approach the party with their grand plan and further negotiate with government to reinstate Bana Sekai to his position of deputy chief. The decision to rope in Mmusi Kgafela could signal an end to Dr Unity Dow’s political ambitions in Kgatleng West. Dow was the BDP candidate in the constituency after outsmarting Tosh Kgotlele in the last BDP primary election. Sources point out that Dr Dow has indicated that she will support any candidate that the party choses for the Kgatleng West constituency.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.